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Improvising Improvisation: From Out of Philosophy, Music, Dance, and Literature

Gary Peters


This book attempts to stage at the level of thinking and writing an improvised performance that begins and ends with nothing but nevertheless reveals a multitude of unexpected things while it runs its course. Covering a broad range of improvisatory practises from the world of free improvisation, through literature and dance, to the showbiz glitz of Jimi Hendrix and Cyndi Lauper, the aim is to see what happens when philosophical ideas are made to properly engage with the real contingency of performativity. The result is a radically expanded field of what counts as improvisation and, indeed, wha ... More

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Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226452623
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226452760.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary Peters, author
York St. John University

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